Jun 24, 2014

The Blue Bedroom... Part One

So I couldn't wait to post how the walls came out...We LOVE  how the room is coming out...I am so glad I decided to go dark in this room... 

I cleared the room out...remove the base board & trim around the window...This room had a color wash already on it...so I used a medium blue with a primer in it.....It covered beautifully... everything walls, ceiling & closet...

Now to make the wall stencil .. Finding free stencil templates online is a snap...I used this stencil template here...I got a few pieces of 14 ml mylar on Ebay here.. enough to make 2 or 3 stencils...I have more plans for stencils...You want 14 ml for the walls as they are very sturdy & stand up to joint compound.......Raised plaster wall stencils are expensive, so if you can make it yourself it helps ...


14 ml is very thick so cutting through this is tough but having a Hubby who is a machinist helps...he made me a tip to fit into my wood burning tool that cut right through the plastic...I left the edges rough because that was what I was going for especially with plaster..... but you could sand them down to make a smoother look...

 Then time to tape it to the wall....I used joint compound tinted with some light blue...I put a coat on a little over 1/4 inch....then just slowly pull it it away starting from the top & this is the result....
 a raised stencil...  

 I put them on randomly... You will want to rinse the stencil off every so often...any smudges just wipe away... Then I started the next layer...the dark blue glazing...

This is rolled on then sponge off so it gets a mottled aged  look... I also wanted the stencils to be very subtle on the wall...

  If you notice I left a bit of the light blue showing through...just enough to give the stencil a bit of relief...

 Then in the corners I darkened it with the dark blue paint...I found that tip over at India pied-à-terre a great place for all kinds of DIY for the home...

It has a cool, calm feel to it & the double windows let in just enough light to give it a cozy feel... 
Now I am finishing the closet &  we are doing something temporary to the floor until we find the wood we want so I can't wait to see how it turns out.... So stay tuned for Part two!!  

Jun 21, 2014

Wild Rose Jelly....

I love this time of year...I am so grateful to live where I can grow roses everywhere...after a very long winter there is nothing better than inhale the wonderful fragrance of  antique roses as well as the Peonies that are blooming right now...


I have been collecting the petals for oil to make body butters for the winter...Come January & February, nothing helps than to open up a jar of lotion & that wonderful fragrance comes drifting out...It can really lift your spirits....

This year I decided to try something new....

Wild Rose Jelly....& it is delicious...
I made some from the wild pink ones & from the Harrison Gold roses, an old antique rose I brought with me here from up north...the jelly reminds me of the marmalade my Gram used to eat on her toast...


The recipe is very simple....Gather the roses in the morning, at least 5 cups...
Then take off the white part at the bottom of the petal, this part is bitter.....It takes some time but it is worth it..Don't use flowers bought at a store because of pesticides...use roses that are wild & untreated...
Take 4 cups of spring water  & bring to a boil...add the roses &  let this simmer for 15 minutes...then strain it out with cheesecloth...you want to have 4 cups of rose water... Now your ready to make jelly... I used the recipe here but made some modifications...

Wild Rose Jelly

4 cups of rose water
1 pkg of low sugar pectin
2 tsp lemon juice
1 C sugar & 1 3/4 C Stevia 
( the original recipe calls for 5 1/2 C sugar)
Combine the Rose water, Pectin & lemon juice ...bring to a boil...
add Stevia & sugar & bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute....
Pour into sterilized jars & add lids..Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Makes 3 half pints

This will be great on homemade biscuits...

Jun 20, 2014

DIY Friday- Spool Table, Part 1

Time for a DIY & I will throw in a Chicken Chronicle as well...It has been awhile since I have told you what the girls are up to....

I decided to make more than one table from the x-large spool I was given  a while back.... Originally I was going to use it in my craft room but the spool was just too big  to get in...it was going to have to come apart anyway so two tables seemed like a good idea... The Hubby  had a small metal fire pit that he was going to get rid of...so I snagged the bottom of it with the idea of making a table  to use by the big fire pit out front of our home.......

The crew was ready so time to get to work!!

The Hubby took the spool apart  & I attached the bottom to one spool end...The bottom was very loose so the Hubby welded the legs to the rings to give it better support...Then  it was time to sand the top ...
But then I noticed....
The crew had walked off the job...
apparently eating violet leaves & hunting for bugs was more interesting...Oh well...

After a good sanding,  I applied some coffee stain then a coat of Linseed Oil  as the wood very dry...Linseed Oil will saturate the wood which keeps it from drying out & cracking... After that dried, I put on a couple of coats of beeswax giving it some extra waterproofing as it will be outside.....
Recycled & simple....
& it got the girls seal of approval!!
But this is only Part 1...it is not quite finished....

Have a wonderful weekend!!
  

Jun 13, 2014

The Strawberry Moon...

Tonight's Sagittarius Full Moon goes by many names such Corn Moon & Rose moon but the Native Americans named it the Strawberry Moon because it meant the strawberries would be ripening...I for one cannot wait!!   Its is also the Moon just before the Summer Solstice...
What makes it extra special tonight is it falls on a Friday the 13th...this will not occur again until 2049... Is 13 a lucky number for you?  It has been for us...
So tonight I ended  my Full Moon meditations with a Strawberry Smoothie...

1 Cup Almond milk
I frozen banana
5 or 6 fresh or frozen strawberries
Stevia to taste...I usually add a Tblsp
5 or 6 ice cubes
a splash of vanilla...
Blend until thick...
A small tip: the more  ingredients that are frozen the thicker the smoothie becomes...

Full Moon Blessings  to all..

Jun 11, 2014

The Yarrow & Red Clover is blooming....


Gratitude for today is the availability of all the 
different wild medicinal plants around our home...

Jun 2, 2014

Lets Barter....

We have been busy lately...spending time with the Grandbaby, gardening, cleaning up & bartering...We love to barter...so it is great when something comes along that really hits the jackpot.... My Hubby bartered for this...He gave it to me for my craft room...He got all the bolts, washers, screws, light bulbs & all sorts of findings in the drawers...

This came out of an old hardware store & I wish I knew the history...What is unique is that both sides have drawers... a few are missing but I have a couple of ideas......All my bobbles & beads will be finding a home in this beauty....

So I will be cleaning this up with a little Murphy's Oil Soap & linseed oil 
as well as a new bottom....  
Which means three items go out of the craft room & into the yard sale...
It never fails to amaze me what happens when you let go of things that you know longer need...
Something better always comes along!!!  
Its magic!!

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